Ethics of Compassion

Ethics of Compassion : Bridging Ethical Theory and Religious Moral Discourse

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Ethics of Compassion places central themes from Buddhist (primarily) and Christian moral teachings within the conceptual framework of Western normative ethics. What results is a viable alternative ethical theory to those offered by utilitarians, Kantian formalists, proponents of the natural law tradition, and advocates of virtue ethics. Ethics of Compassion bridges Eastern and Western cultures, philosophical ethics and religious moral discourse, and notions of acting rightly and of being virtuous.
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  • Paperback | 152 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 15.24mm | 272.15g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0739125052
  • 9780739125052

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Chapter I. Golden Rule Reasoning Chapter 3 Chapter II. "Compassion" and Related Notions Chapter 4 Chapter III. Compassion as the Basis of Moral Value Chapter 5 Chapter IV. Precepts for Avoiding Doing Harm Chapter 6 Chapter V. Virtues and Moral Aspiration Chapter 7 Chapter VI. Will, Responsibility, and Selflessness Chapter 8 Postscript: Joyful Living
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Ethics of Compassion not only bridges ethical theory and religious moral discourse more generally, but also Buddhist ethics and western moral theory, in the process enlarging the scope of both. This is a much needed and brilliant work in the relatively new field of comparative ethics, which falls in the sparsely populated category of 'must read.' -- Joseph Prabhu, California State University, Los Angeles Reilly brings a deep knowledge of both Anglo-American ethical philosophy and Buddhist ethical thought to his book Ethics of Compassion. I was impressed by his skill in integrating these concepts. Reilly's fundamental concerns are humanistic. But he supports them with impressively rigorous scholarly analysis. I see the book as a must-read. -- Herbert Fingarette, University of California, Santa Barbara; author of Confucius: The Secular as Sacred
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About Richard Reilly

Richard Reilly has authored over three dozen conference papers and journal articles. He is Board of Trustees Professor of Philosophy at St. Bonaventure University.
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